On September 11, 2001, the skyline of New York City forever changed when two planes crashed into the towers at the World Trade Center.
After the towers collapsed following the terrorist attack, about 3000 Americans lost their lives. To help with search and rescue operations, College Station-based Texas Task Force One was deployed to New York City.
The elite search and rescue team joined other emergency responders who diligently worked to dig through the rubble, hoping to find survivors.
Bryan Fire Chief and Texas Task Force One member, Mike Donoho was part of the group that went to help and for him, the details of that deployment remain vivid.
Donoho says, “on that day, our emergency responders went from being community helpers responding to emergencies to being on the front line of defense for our country for terrorist attacks.”
Though the group didn’t find any survivors, they did locate the remains of two fallen firefighters buried beneath the rubble that was one the World Trade Center.
Ten years later, the nation has slowly healed. Donoho, like other members of Texas Task Force 1, he has never forgotten the resolve of the people from New York and says the civilians and emergency workers who died are heroes who will never be forgotten.